Whether you're walking the red carpet at a movie premiere or just meeting up with friends, you want to look stunning. And, if not stunning, then at least imperfection free. The "secret" (yes, there is a secret) is foundation. Applied correctly, it hides imperfections, smoothes out your skin and creates a beautiful base on which to apply blush, eye makeup and any other accents that bring out your best features. The goal being to look like you - just "better."
Matching Your Skin Tone
The first hurdle is match the makeup - even airbrush foundation - to your unique skin tone. Makeup counter pros have extensive experience and are a great resource for helping you to find the exact right tone for your skin. You may even need to use two or three different foundations. Plus, a counter visit provides a fun excuse to experiment with several looks for day and after-hours.
Blending for Subtlety
Foundation is meant to be noticed, but not seen. To apply it for a seamless look, many makeup pros use a sponge triangle, applying the foundation centrally and then blending it out across the cheeks, chin and forehead. Blending is also key in order to avoid the dreaded pancake look. A good rule of thumb is this; if you can see the makeup from across the room, better blend, blend and blend some more. Repeat until it looks like you're in your own skin, only perfected.
Those Frustrating Blemishes
Pimples and other blemishes happen. To everyone. If foundation doesn't cover them as much as you'd like, dot on a concealer stick until the booboo vanishes. Blending foundation around the blemish can further help it disappear into the background. As a last resort, particularly if you're dealing with several blemishes, try accenting your eyes (or cheeks) to distract from the troublesome areas.
From blush to mascara to foundation to concealer, makeup is a multimillion dollar industry made up of countless products perfect for perfecting faces everywhere, every day. And not just women. Even men - especially in the entertainment industry - use makeup everyday to tone down shine and accent their eyes. And now, thanks to foundation, perfect their skin as well.